Vanuatu still maintains its membership of the Non-Align Movement.
This was revealed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu, in a statement he presented in parliament yesterday morning.
It was in respond to a question by the Opposition MP Sato Kilman, on Vanuatu Foreign Policy. Minister Regenvanu confirmed to the Members of Parliament and the nation that Vanuatu continuous to maintain its Non-Align Movement membership since after the country gained her political independent in 1980.
The Vanuatu Foreign Affairs Minister also informed MPs that the Government is in the process of reviewing its conventions with international organizations.
He said the reason for this review is to ensure that the country does adhere to its membership financial commitment to the Conventions and equally important that the country reap maximum benefits from the Conventions.
He told parliament that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not act in isolation in the process of deciding which Conventions should the country maintain and which ones should it drop by involving all government line ministries and departments.
He pointed out that the process involved government line ministries and departments going through the Conventions and advising the government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as to which Conventions should the country maintains and those that Vanuatu should review or drop because of not keeping up to its financial undertakings to those Conventions and equally because it does not receive maximum benefits from those or such Conventions.
On 5th April, 2018, Minister Regenvanu, addressed the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), in Baku, Azerbaijan.
He told the Ministerial Meeting that it is crucial for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to remain united and continue to present an alternative stance that represents the conscience of those who are left behind, while remaining relevant in addressing the world’s problems.
He touched on Vanuatu membership to Non-Aligned Movement when answering questions on Vanuatu’s Foreign Policy, yesterday morning.